Thursday, August 30, 2007

Punk temple creator passes away


Hilly Kristal, a farm boy from New Jersey, longed for a Country Blues & Blue Grass venue in the middle of the Bowerey. He opened the CBGB, and soon punk had a temple in his club, where he brought Television, the Ramones, Blondie, Talking Heads, the Patti Smith Group. Moreso, it was the hang out of KillCastro, and many people believe that CB (as my abbreviated moniker goes) was a shortened version of CBGB, which is not....

Hilly passed away yesterday at 75, for complications of lung cancer.
His lengendary club closed on October 2006 (after losing a battle with its landord to lenghten the commercial lease for the space) wih a bing bang concert by Patty Smith. Shortly therafter, the Club was totally dismantled -even the famous toilet so many times photographed - and Hilly said that he would open it up again in Las Vegas.

Our condolences to his family and all the artists and fans that once called the CBGB home.
Wear your old CBGB t-shirt.... and elevate a prayer for HIlly.